Vicki Morel believes she and Will, her gorgeous fiancé, have it all. They’re living the American dream. That is, until Portland, Oregon is leveled by a terrorist grade light weapon, and she loses Will at the airport.
Ambrose Palamo is an aviation student who wants one thing: to go home to Samoa. But when Portland is leveled, and he meets Vicki, he promises to help her find her fiancé instead. What he doesn’t expect is the feelings that start to form for her as they search the dangerous Oregon woodlands.
Sometimes love isn’t what you think it is. The poppies bloom reminds them of what they’ve lost, while giving them the courage to face a brand new future.
Karen’s Magic Review
Ah, this book, I say with a sigh and not for the reason you may think.
The storyline was so clever and it is described by reviewers as a romance. I wouldn’t say it was a romance at all. It is a dystopian thriller book, with one of the cleverest storylines I’ve come across for a long while.
Set in the not too distant future, America is under attack by a faction called WWA, which stands for World Without America. This is book one of what promices to be a great series. I love stories with a group of surviors making their journeys to get away and only finding trouble where ever they go. Ambrose and Vicky don’t know exactly who is after them after major cities are bombed.
What I particularly liked was lives were governed by Alex, a sort of Alexa that we have now, except instead of a speaker on the side its inbuilt into glasses, which most people wears. It also controls driverless cars, and can replicate food from a special machine. When the city the two live in is bombed, Vicky finds it difficult as Alex virtually ran her life. Ambrose was what we call a ludite and fought against anything controlled by it.
It’s a dark and exciting story, and I looked at the Amazon reviews and they were all glowing. Not one of them mentioned the issues I found, which I thought was odd. It needed proof-reading again. There were things like shoulder when it should have been soldier, and like, when it should have been life, and it really could have done with another edit as sometimes the sentences weren’t clear. It did distract me from the story and as a consequence I won’t be reading any more from the series, which is such a shame as it had the potential to be a spell binding read.